Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.
It’s been a bad week for me. My hill has been icy ‘til I can’t get off. My phone was out three days and my radio was out two days. Oh well, it could have been worse so I won’t complain. All those are only minor things.
I got a call from Annabel Wright yesterday. She had been in the hospital at Pikeville and had surgery, but she was doing better. She’s tough. She said my brother Bobby Ray Howard had visited her. She loves him! Also our Judge Jim Ward had visited her. I didn’t know she was in the hospital.
I think everyone that knows her loves her. I know my late husband Clyde loved her. She could almost make him laugh. She would even dance for him with no music. Her dad Coy Wright was one of his best hunting buddies.
Annabel said she loved the picture of my late sister Della Pennington I put in the paper. They were best friends.
My sympathy goes out to Christine Fields, whose husband James Fields died. I went to his funeral. I hope she is doing OK.
I went to one of the biggest birthday parties. It was for Larry Kevin Day. It was on Tuesday at the Rec Center in Whitesburg. He had a ball! There was a large crowd there. His mom and dad are Wendy and Kevin Day, and grandparents are Doyle Day and Larry and Linda Hatton. He had two great-grandmothers there, myself and Geneva Sturgill and her husband Woodford. It was good seeing Larry and Leigh Adams. They do so much volunteer work. We are proud of them, and also Shirley Sexton. I was glad to see them. Most of the people I didn’t know.
We got up to snow on Tuesday morning and we still have it on my side of the road. The other side is clear today (Friday). I guess I live on the wrong side where we don’t get the sun ‘til it’s time to go down.
Late happy birthday to my good friend Linda Pennington Hall. It was on Dec. 8. She was bragging on her good neighbor Lou Walker. It’s good to have good neighbors. I’m sure Linda is a good neighbor. I’ve known her about all her life. The Pennington family was a good family. Her brother, the late Bobby Pennington, was my brother-in-law, Della’s husband.
Our church is supposed to have a Christmas dinner at Cowan Community Center on Sunday. I’m afraid the weather is going to be bad.
Our Howard family Christmas party will be Dec. 21 at Cowan Community Center. We are hoping for good weather. Some of them live away from here. Most of us stayed here. I wish we all lived here, but there just weren’t enough jobs, mostly coal, and now we don’t have that anymore and it’s hurt a lot of families. Coal was the main thing that kept us going. My dad and my husband both retired in mining. I wish our leaders would come to realize how much it’s needed. A lot of people have had to leave their homes and even their families to work to support them.
I called Shirley Niece the other day. She misses going to church. She has gone to church about all her life and she’s not able to go. She goes when she can. We all love her and her family. She loves to sing and she’s a good singer! Keep her and her husband Carfa in your prayers and also Sonia Fields, Steve Taylor, Alicia Conn and Kathleen Brock and all the other ones who are not doing well.
My sister Kathleen Brock is in Whitesburg Hospital for a couple of days. She was having chest pains. She’s feeling better. She has to have some blood and some iron.
Today ( Saturday) is a beautiful day after all the rain, snow and ice. I hope it stays with us for a while.
I got a call today from Loretta Adams. I hadn’t heard from her in a while. We went to high school together. She made me hungry telling me what she was cooking. She also wanted me to read in the Eagle this week about her little brother, sevenyear old Claude Hall, who died in 1941. It was in the old news, The Way We Were. She found it on page 5 of last week’s Eagle.
I always enjoy talking to Loretta. I love talking to everyone if it’s not just gossip. I don’t like that. I like news and how their families are doing.
I was so pleased to get a call from a good friend, Evelyn Kincer, last night. We talked a long time. It was like a good visit. I’ve always liked her and I like to keep in touch with her. She needs prayer. She has health problems, but she doesn’t let it get her down.
This is a busy season and there’s a lot going on. I hope you enjoy this time. It’s a special time to be together with family and friends. I hope all of you have a safe and happy Christmas and a happy New Year.
I’ve rattled on enough, so may God bless all of you. Try to be in church if you are able. There will be a lot of good things going on in the churches.